Friday, March 21, 2008

What's Going on with Your Signs?

We seem to be in an area where our local cities are adopting sign ordinances on how many and where the Realtors and the public can place their open house signs.

Here is what Bay East Association is posting on the issue and our Local Government Relations Committee will be meeting on Monday mornign the discuss the issue. More to follow.

Sign Ordinance Violations on the Rise: On Monday (3/17), the Bay East Board of Directors held their monthly meeting. One topic that was discussed was the increasing number of illegally-placed open house signs. This is an issue Bay East has been dealing with as the number of homes on the market and the number of open homes increases.

REALTOR® Impact: Open house signs are a key component of most REALTOR® marketing plans. Continued violation of sign ordinances could lead to even more restrictive regulations or the out-right banning of signs.

Next Steps: It is critical that all REALTORS® understand and comply with local sign ordinances. If our profession fails to follow these regulations it is likely that city governments will crack down on violators and, possibly, make their ordinances more restrictive or ban signs completely. Bay East has prepared an easy-to-use summary of sign ordinances for all of the cities in southern and eastern Alameda County. The summary is available online.

Please feel free to chime and let us know what is going on in your area.

No comments: